Zbigniew Czarnocki

Zbigniew Czarnocki

Zbigniew Czarnocki
Professor, Faculty of Chemistry
University of Warsaw, Poland


Zbigniew Czarnocki was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1954. He received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in 1977 and in 1983 he obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Warsaw (Poland) working with Professor Jerzy T. Wrobel. In 1984 he moved to McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada) to perform his two-year post-doctoral study with Professor David B. MacLean. In 1987 and 1989 he visited McMaster University as research associate and visiting professor. After returning to University of Warsaw, he obtained his habilitation degree (summa cum laude) in 1993 and in 1996 he became a full professor at the Faculty of Chemistry (University of Warsaw). From 1996 till 2002 he served as a vice-Dean of the Faculty and from 1996 he is a leader of the Laboratory of Natural Products Chemistry. His research interest focuses on stereoselective synthesis of natural products, modern catalytic reactions and pharmacochemistry of various heterocyclic compounds. In 1987 he was recipient of the International Scientific Exchange Award (Government of Canada) and in 1993 he was awarded by the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the International Society for Tryptophan Research. He graduated 15 Ph.D. students and supervised 50 M.Sc. theses. He has also authored over 110 publications, 5 review articles and 6 patents. His publications received over 1000 independent citations to date (Hirsch index, h=18). In 2012 he was appointed Dean of the Inter-Faculty Studies in Environmental Protection at Warsaw University.

Research Interest

- Stereoselective synthesis of natural products and compounds of pharmacological relevance
- Stereochemistry of organic compounds
- Modern catalytic methods in organic synthesis